All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.
Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.
In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).
While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000.
Researchers planning work in foreign countries should include at least one local collaborator as part of their research teams.
The committee will not consider applications seeking support solely for laboratory work or archival research.